Thwack paddle by Tantus - review by spiced

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Thwack Attack!

If you're looking for a small, versatile paddle which is packable and doesn't require much force to deliver sharp stings - or playful taps - look no further.
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Pros:
Compact
Easy use and care
Can be playful or painful
Cons:
May be awkward at first
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review

Use

The Thwack paddle from Tantus is compact and made from soft, flexible, velvety black silicone. It's small - kind of... cute, actually. This may deceive you into believing that it doesn't have much of a bite. Wrong!

thwack with tag

Its light weight and flexibility allows the user to inflict a sharp sting with little effort. A simple flick of the wrist is all it takes. It's also possible to deliver a much milder slap, making the Thwack a good choice for beginners as well. Its compact size makes it a good choice for travel.

  • Who / How / What
    [ ? ]
    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Couples
    • Spanking
    • Teasing
  • Features
    [ ? ]
    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly
  • Body / part areas
    [ ? ]
    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Buttocks
    • Thighs

Design / Craftsmanship / Size / Material / Features

thwack with ruler

The Thwack paddle is just under 12" long, including the handle. The paddle portion is just over 6" long and 3" wide. The handle is just under 6" long and 1 3/4" wide at its widest point. The thickness is tapered. At the bottom end of the handle, it's 1/2" thick; at the end of the paddle, it's only 1/4" thick. A 3/8" diameter hole near the end of the handle allows you to hang it on your wall, or to attach a cord. The paddle weighs in at a mere 6 ounces.

master, thwack, wooden, slapper

This is, by far, the smallest of our paddles, and the only one I'd consider packing in a suitcase.

thwack is flexible!

It's VERY flexible. It can easily be bent completely in half! Don't worry - it bounces right back. The material is soft and velvety to the touch. It had a faint, chemical odor when I received it, but after a quick soap and water wash, it's odorless.

It's nicely made. All the edges are smooth; the handle fits my hand well.
    • Lightweight
    • Vegan
    • Well made

Performance

The trick to using the Thwack paddle to good effect is wrist action. The paddle is a bit floppy and I found that made it awkward to begin with. When I swung from the shoulder, or the elbow, I found it a little hard to control. But when I simply flicked my wrist - magic! I found a light flick can deliver a playful tap; a hard flick can really get someone's attention.

I found it works well on the buttocks, thighs and the soles of the feet. It left red marks, but they went away in half an hour or so.

It makes a fairly loud "pop" sound, but no more so than any of our other paddles.
    • Good for teasing
    • Stingy

Care and Maintenance

The Thwack is made from Tantus's 100% Ultra Premium Silicone. It can easily be cleaned with soap and water. If you feel the need to sterilize it completely, you can boil it for 3 minutes, you can soak it in a 10% bleach solution for 10-15 minutes - or you can even put it in the top rack of your dishwasher.

We store our Thwack with our other BDSM toys, hidden under some clothes in our "toy chest". You could also hang yours on the wall or stash it away pretty much anywhere. It doesn't require much space. To be on the safe side, be sure to store your Thwack away from any other silicone toys, as there's a risk they might bond together.

Also, be careful to keep it away from silicone lubricants, as they, too, can damage silicone toys.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store

Packaging

thwack in package

The Thwack comes in a clear plastic bag, with a small paper tag attached (which sings its praises).
    • Minimal

Experience

When I first saw this paddle, its small size made me skeptical of its ability to deliver any real pain. When I picked it up and felt how light it was, and how it flopped around, I thought for certain it was going to be a dud. But when I tried it out on my thigh, I was surprised at the intensity of the sting - and at how little effort I had to use to achieve it. I also enjoyed the lovely "pop" sound it made.

That night, I presented it to my wife and asked her to use it on me. She started tentatively, and then, realizing the potential, she really put it to good use! I also asked her to use three of our other paddles on me, so I could compare. In terms of sting, Thwack ranks second, after our leather slapper, but way ahead of our plastic or wooden paddles. In terms of overall pain, it doesn't deliver as much as our wooden paddle, but the wooden paddle requires a lot more strength.

My wife reports that the Thwack is nearly effortless to use. Once she realized that "it's all in the wrist", she was able to deliver sharp, stinging slaps, over and over. "I could do this all night!", she exclaimed. I, on the other hand, could NOT!
Follow-up commentary
We still love our Thwack! So far, it hasn't shown even the slightest hint of wear or tear. It's really brought out my wife's inner sadist. This is her favorite pain toy to use on me now. She likes that it's so easy to inflict such a strong sting with so little effort. She also likes that the compact size makes it ideal to use when she's pegging me! I like that I can use it on her without causing her more pain than she enjoys (she has a low threshold). It's really cool to have one toy that can run the gamut from mild to intense.

The only thing we don't like about it is that it's loud. That's no problem at home, but we both thought the small size would make it a great choice for travel. True, it doesn't take up much room in the suitcase, but that nice "pop" sound might not go over too well in a hotel room! Oh, well.
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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  • Sera26
    Sera26  
    awesome review, thanks
  • xxxbluexxx
    xxxbluexxx  
    nice job on the review and pictures!
  • edeneve
    edeneve  
    great review. not my thing, though.
  • Badmew
    Badmew  
    thanks for all the info!
  • ZZ
    ZZ  
    Thanks for your great review!
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